The Court found that no lay observer could find any substantial similarities between the protectible material of Lee’s work and the four shows.
California Federal Court Grants Summary Judgment for Defendants in Ad Astra Copyright / Idea Theft CaseDavid Aronoff and Josh Bornstein
Plaintiff alleged that Ad Astra infringed his copyright in and stole ideas from his unproduced spec screenplay entitled Cosmic Force. However, in granting summary judgment the Court ruled that these claims failed to raise genuine issues warranting a trial.
This decision will be helpful to documentary filmmakers who incidentally capture copyrighted works while documenting actions and events that are of legitimate public concern.
Despite some gloom and doom about the future of fair use after the Supreme Court’s decision in Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts Inc. v. Goldsmith last May, it seems that for documentary film makers at least, fair use is in roaring good health.
After the years-long saga surrounding whether a two-dimensional piece of artwork created by Dr. Thaler’s Creativity Machine could be registered as a copyright, the United States District Court for the District of Columbia issued a final order stating that machine generated artwork is not copyrightable.
The server test has been the law in the Ninth Circuit since 2007, but in recent years it has come under attack in lower courts in other jurisdictions.
The decision has been controversial and has received mixed reviews within the copyright bar, so MLRC convened an expert roundtable to weigh-in.
Hermes International sought legal remedies against Los Angeles artist Mason Rothschild for his creation and sale of NFTs, without obtaining Hermes’ authorization, depicting digital images of revised versions of Hermes’ iconic “Birkin” handbag.
Internet Archive Slammed in Decision Rejecting Mass Distribution of Unlicensed Ebooks Under ‘Controlled Digital Lending’ TheoryJack Browning, Linda Steinman and Liz McNamara
Judge Koeltl delivered a decision definitively characterizing Internet Archive’s actions as brazen copyright infringement.
The art world’s obsession with using RBG as its muse, lives on. As does legal controversy that surrounds that art and its reproduction.